Le Gîte Au Manoir, Plusquellec, Côtes-d'Armor
. . . the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday in Central Brittany
Thank you Bryn & Val – after a longer than expected journey, a lovely cup of tea! Fabulous hosts and beautiful gîte – had a very peaceful, relaxing time as a family – what we all needed! Loved the Amoripark, spent all day there, and also the coast. Very lucky with the weather which makes all the difference!
Thank you for making our first visit to France so relaxing and enjoyable – it’s the little things that make the difference!
Sarah, Mark, Grace & Luke (Broadstairs, Kent) – April 2015
Thank you so much for your great hospitality during our stay. We had a wonderful time in your very comfortable “home-away-from-home”.
Phil & Marilyn (Queensland, Australia) – May 2015
The week spent by Phil & Marilyn in the gîte is described in the blog of their visit to France, which can be found at http://brookesfrenchadventure.blogspot.fr
Thank you for your hospitality and all the information before we arrived regarding places to visit. Enjoyed our visit to Huelgoat and to Callac. Ploumanac’h is worth a trip, pretty town Guingamp.
Your place is home from home and so comfortable, enjoyed the log burner. Would recommend your gîte.
Lorraine, Dave & Ryan (Surrey) – May 2015
PS Mael Carhaix worth a visit if you have children, children’s play area, sandy beach, beautiful gardens. Your book of information is very good Bryn. Thank you for the welcome gifts of wine, eggs & milk, really useful if you had a long journey to your gîte.
J’ai pu realiser un rêve: dans un si bel environment et avec de si chers amis, et de merveilleuses rencontres!
Mireille (Tarbes) – May 2015
GUEST BOOK - 2015
We can't thank you enough for your lovely hospitality, Bryn and Val. Perfect hosts in a gorgeous setting. The kids had so much fun playing in the fields and visiting your “hairy neighbours” – the alpacas!
Here are the top tips for the very lucky families coming after us:
• Perros Guirec Port – Restaurants (Crêperie Les Vieux Greements – the seafood crêpe speciality is divine. Great location, appalling service, so do stay patient!) There is a little pond just down the road from the restaurant that rents pedalos in the shapes of mini-boats. Very fun with kids. Follow the road from the port (with the sea on your right) and take the first turn. Follow signs for Trestrignel and you’ll find a gorgeous beach.
Other fantastic beaches:
• St Efflam – lovely quiet beach with limited toilet facilities (visit Locquireq for lovely port and lunch with views of the boats). Westward (Ho!) ...
• Châteaulin – beautiful town on the river (great wine shop)
• Douarnenez – working fishing town. Must visit Le Bigorneau Amoureux (restaurant on the seaside – great views and great seafood).
Dawn, Patrick, Avalyn, Oskar & Audrey (Bristol – via Philadelphia!) – August 2015
We have had a wonderful break in your lovely gîte and very much enjoyed exploring a small part of Brittany which we have only previously driven through.
The gîte is very well equipped – many thanks for the welcome wine & eggs etc. – a nice touch!
We loved the “Pink Granite Coast” around Ploumanac’h and were sorry not to have time to visit the birds on Les Sept Isles – couldn’t help admiring all the intrepid sailors who navigate around all those rocks!!
The Sunday market at Plestin-les-Grèves has a wonderful selection of food “goodies” (especially the cherries – now in season!) and the cairn at Barnenez is worth a visit if you’re over that way.
We also enjoyed Dinan (though perhaps not the long hike back up the Rue de Jerzual from the port!) and the lovely old medieval houses.
The Isle de Bréhat (take the ferry from Pointe de l’Arcouest, north of Paimpol) is beautiful – the best bits are in the south-east corner near Plage de Guerzido, where the villas and gardens must cost a fortune – but it was very busy even in early June so we wouldn’t suggest a visit in high season – it’ll be packed!
The weather has also been fairly kind – mostly sunny but not particularly hot – it would be interesting to see the granite coast in a storm!
Many thanks again.
Cliff & Carolyn (Truro) – June 2015
Thanks a lot for two lovely weeks here in Brittany. We very much enjoyed the beautiful gîte and your extraordinary kindness and hospitality.
For all following guests, follow Bryn’s advice and take this book as your personal guide to Brittany. Our favourite places (for hiking, since the weather wasn’t very supportive of beach going):
1. Huelgoat (good enough for two or even three visits if you like to hike) – if you are into geocaching, there are quite a few fantastic caches to be found!
2. Gorges du Corong – aka Landes de Locarn, a beautiful and very diverse hike (approx. 5.5km round trip) – hard to find entry point but absolutely worth it! Best entry point is on D20 between Locarn and Saint-Nicodème, close to Saint-Nicodème on top of a hill there is a parking place with the hiking map.
3. Market in Morlaix on Saturday. The town is beautiful and the aqueduct impressive.
Thanks again, it was a wonderful time.
Nadja, Malte, Christiane & Martin (Berlin) – August 2015
We have enjoyed our stay here, you have a beautiful place, thank you for the wine, etc. It has been nice to come back to after a day sightseeing.
The Lloyds (New York) – August 2015
Thank you very much for a lovely stay. The gîte has been a most welcoming and comfortable home away from home. But what makes it even more welcoming is your warmth and hospitality. It has been a real pleasure meeting you both. You have set (potentially an impossibly) a very high bar for future cottage holidays. The children loved playing in the garden during our stay and your helpful hints were spot on for various things we did and enjoyed. And the welcoming cakes, wine and sundry food items (eggs, milk etc.) were most helpful.
This guest book and your book of information are a little gold mine of exciting things to keep parents and two boys (7 and 3) entertained. For those visiting after us the following might be helpful:
1. Gorge du Corong – an amazing place (follow Bryn’s map and notes) that is both a great walk and fun hunting for the “giant’s” home and his children’s play area.
2. Parc du Radome – (warning: planetarium has shows in English on Friday only) where the Cité des Télécoms is a good escape from a rainy day. The morse code, semaphores and optical illusions would make it impossible to bring children home.)
3. Ploumanac’h and Locquirec – lovely beaches (and the former is breathtaking). Ploumanac’h is out of a postcard and the boulders provide hours of fun.
4. Huelgoat – lovely lake and walk through the forest to look for King Arthur’s camp and castle. BTW, more “giant” stories here (and Ploumanac’h) if you want to go for a theme!
5. Plestin-les-Grèves – lovely market and Guerlesquin is nice (despite being wet and damp the day we visited). Guingamp is also charming
6. And if you need gluten-free stuff (as we did) Carrefour in Graces, Guingamp (about 30 mins away) has a good selection (compared to LeClerc and Intermarché).
Thanks again Val and Bryn. Hope our paths will cross again.
Ruzanna, Awais, Alex & Leon (Lancaster) – August 2015
It was the photo of the exterior of the home that made me fall in love with it, but it turns out that the inside is just as loveable and functional. Whatever you want or need, just open a drawer or cabinet and it’s there!
The shower is divine, the bed very comfortable and you could serve a banquet from the kitchen, but you mustn’t do that – you’re on vacation.
For the best meal (and view) in Bretagne, save your Euros and head for Les Coquillages across the bay from Mt. St. Michel. If you’re here during the summer or early September, there are great, quaint Breton festivals to visit – one in nearly Gourin.
And Val & Bryn will meet you with a friendly aperitif.
Mary-Lou & Larry (Westport Ct, USA) – September 2015
We fully concur with the comments aforementioned. Our stay in this lovely gîte has been so enjoyable and an experience we will not forget.
Thank you for making us so welcome.
Ann & Richard (Sydney, Australia) – September 2015
Thank you very much for letting us stay in your lovely gîte. It has been one of the most comfortable places we have ever stayed in. The bed is really comfy, lovely hot shower and everything you could possibly want in the kitchen. Your warm welcome and glasses of wine we much appreciated.
We hope to be back soon.
Nigel & June (Alderney, Channel Islands) – October 2015
Thank you so much for your warm welcome and lovely stay in your beautifully restored gîte. (We appreciate all the work you did!) It was a perfect place for our spontaneous stop in Brittany. And thank you for the welcome gifts.
Marina & James (New Zealand)
Thank you for a lovely stay – gîte is so comfortable and well-equipped! Totally agree with all previous comments both about gîte and where to go etc. Discovered Plage de la Palud on Crozon peninsula by accident – well worth visit esp when surf is running!
Already planning a return visit here.
Sue & Roger (Bishops Waltham) – October 2015
Thank you for letting us stay at this great gîte! Lovely and clean and well equipped. During our visit we discovered Cité des Télécoms, La Vallée des saintes, Bon Repos on the Côtes d’Armor, some shopping of course! We did some lovely walks in this area too. Really enjoyed the cosy nights in by the fire!
Jason, Jenni, Grace & Clara (Jersey, Channel Islands) – October 2015